Hastings Book Festival Writing Competitions

Competition Information

Hastings Book Festival Writing Competitions


Short fiction: max 2500 words

Poetry: max 40 lines

Entry Fee: £8.25


1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded a cash prize of £250, £100 and £50, respectively.

New Writing South sponsored Sussex Prize: The winners of both the Fiction and Poetry Prize will both receive 1-1 mentoring with a professional writer, a festival pass to The Coast is Queer 2024 and a free online course of their choice worth £75.

LGBT+ Prize sponsored by Starcroft Farm Cabins: a 3-day creative retreat at The Lucy Cabin at Starcroft Farm Cabins, East Sussex (One (1) overall winner will be selected from all eligible entries from across both Fiction and Poetry contests).

Deadline: 7 July, 2024 at 10pm (UK time)

For further information, please visit their website: https://www.hastingsbookfest.org/competitions